Whittemore’s law license suspended until 2017

Former power broker and attorney Harvey Whittemore, convicted of funneling money to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid 2007 re-election committee, on Friday was suspended from practicing law for four years, according to the Nevada Supreme Court.

The suspension is retroactive to Nov. 13, 2013, when his license was temporarily suspended. Harvey will be eligible to reapply to the State Bar of Nevada on Nov. 13, 2017.

Whittemore, 62, is serving a two-year sentence at a federal prison camp in Lompoc, Calif. He started serving his sentence in August.

Whittemore was found guilty in 2013 of three felony counts: making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another, and causing Reid to file a false report with the Federal Election Commission.

Prosecutors said he funneled over $130,000 to Reid’s 2007 re-election campaign.

Prosecutors argued that Whittemore and Reid, D-Nev., met at an upscale restaurant on the Strip in 2007 where Whittemore promised to raise $150,000 for the senator. Without Reid’s knowledge, they said, Whittemore funneled money through family members and former employees.

Reid wasn’t accused of wrongdoing and he didn’t testify in the case.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld Whittemore’s conviction on Jan. 26.

Contact Ricardo Torres at rtorres@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @rickytwrites

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